Drilling operations in the Eastern Mediterranean with the participation of the Yavuz vessel will be extended until October 12, the Turkish Navy's hydrographic service said on September 15.
According to the NAVTEX announcement, drilling operations involving the vessels Yavuz, Ertugrul Bey, Osman Bey, and Orhan Bey will be extended until October 12 at the current site.
The ad specifies a quadrangular site at about 34 N. sh. and 32 east. e. All vessels are вЂњstrongly advisedвЂќ not to enter this area.
The Republic of Cyprus on the same day responded to this with two NAVTEX announcements, in which it declared that the Turkish announcement was not authorized and that the announced drilling operations were illegal.
On September 16, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis demanded that Turkey remove the Yavuz vessel from the coast of Cyprus.
Let us recall that the Republic of Cyprus claims this site on the basis of its joint declaration with Egypt in 2003 on the delimitation of exclusive economic zones. Drilling operations near Cyprus are taking place against the backdrop of aggravated relations between Turkey and Greece in connection with the exploration of deposits by Turkey in the area, which Greece refers to its continental shelf.